Here’s why winter home painting makes sense in Phoenix

Here in Phoenix, beautiful weather is on the way this winter. While the rest of the country is digging out their driveways, we’re enjoying sunshine, warm days, and family fun. Winter home painting, too, makes sense here. In this blog, we’ll review the reasons that you should call Crash of Rhinos this winter to have us repaint the exterior of your home this season.

The top-3 reasons why winter home painting is a good call

Here are the top-3 reasons that winter home painting just makes sense here in Maricopa County:

Pictured: Winter home painting makes sense in Phoenix, but not in other parts of the country.

This is what winter looks like for many homeowners in the U.S. That’s not the case here in Phoenix.

#1. Get your home ready for the holidays

Here in the Valley of the Sun, holidays can mean celebrations with families both inside the home and in the backyard. It’s not that uncommon to see many families barbecuing outside in the nice weather in December! It’s the time of year where guests are flying into Phoenix from colder, snowier parts of the country.

If you’re going to have that many guests and family visiting your home and seeing it from the outside, wouldn’t it be nice to have your stucco painting done? If it’s time for a repainting, anyway, why not get it done before the holidays and let your winter visitors marvel at how great your home looks this winter?

#2. Our climate allows for it

In most parts of the country, an exterior painting company isn’t going to advise you to paint your home in the winter, since below-freezing temperatures can stop your paint from properly bonding. Phoenix very rarely gets that cold. Most of our winter is temperate, with daytime highs in the 70s or even 80s.

More than that, winters in Phoenix are bone-dry, which is a good condition for exterior painting of stucco. In contrast, late Phoenix summers can be more problematic than winters. In most circumstances, we advise not to paint when a monsoon or haboob blows into the Valley.

Crash of Rhinos is a year-round painting company, and that’s mostly because the weather here in the Valley during the winter is an outlier compared to many other parts of the country.

#3. Close out the year right

What are your plans in 2018? One of the big reasons that Valley homeowners want us to work on their home in the winter is so that they can enter the new year with one less thing to plan or think about. A clean slate, if you will!

If you’re planning on selling your home in the coming year, getting the exterior painted now can give you more time to prep your house for sale. In this kind of housing market, that can give your home a leg up over others in the neighborhood (not to mention, a great paint job from Crash of Rhinos will help, too!).

For winter home painting in Phoenix, call Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Crash of Rhinos is proud to be one of the most trusted exterior painting companies in Phoenix. We specialize in exterior painting for stucco homes right here in the Valley. From our thorough prep work process to our free inspection and quote, we treat our customers right, from start-to-finish.

Ready to get started? Contact our team today to start your free inspection process this winter!

Why stucco repair is such an important part of our prep work

At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we specialize in exterior home painting for stucco homes here in the Phoenix metro area. Completely exposed to the elements, your home’s stucco exterior can take a beating over the years. That’s why an essential part of our prep work involves stucco repair and stem wall scraping.

In this blog post, we’ll run through just some of the reasons that stucco repair is the most important part of our prep work, and what this does for your home. It’s just one of the reasons that Crash of Rhinos is one of the most trusted exterior painting businesses in Phoenix.

Why does stucco repair matter so much?

stucco repair on Phoenix homesStucco is one of the preferred materials for building homes here in the Valley, mainly because our arid climate and low-clay soil negates some of its downsides—mainly, that stucco doesn’t do well with shifting earth beneath it. It’s durable and matches the look of many neighborhoods.

Yet, stucco is not impenetrable. Here are some of the reasons Crash of Rhinos repairs your stucco before painting it:

1. Your stucco home is under attack—constantly

This may sound melodramatic, but it’s true: your stucco is constantly being bombarded by the sun, wind, rain, and other natural elements. Our Phoenix climate can be tough on just about everything, and that goes double for the exterior of your home. Even woodpeckers take shots at it. Finally, as your home settles over time, cracks can appear in stucco.

In addition to making your home look unappealing, such damage to stucco can eventually lead to the failure of the stucco exterior. But, for our purposes, there’s something else: painting over damaged stucco is not going to turn out right. Let’s explain why.

2. Stucco in good condition ensures a smooth finish

Our job is to leave you with a stunning exterior painting job. To do so, we need to smooth over and repair any hairline fractures, holes, or other damage to the stucco walls we’ll be painting.

Think about it: if you were painting the walls of your living room, not fixing damage to the walls first would result in weird splotching and shadows. It’d look terrible. Same goes for your home’s exterior. Any exterior painting company that doesn’t do stucco repair first is asking for trouble.

Of course, that’s just one of the things we do for prep work. But, given that stucco is the canvas we work with, you could argue that it’s one of the most essential things we do.

3. Better stucco = longer-lasting exterior paint

A poor canvas makes for a poor painting. But, failure to properly prepare a home’s stucco exterior prior to painting can have another consequence: it could lead to the paint wearing faster, meaning that you’d need another painting sooner than you should.

Under Arizona state law, exterior home painters are required to offer homeowners a two-year warranty on their work. In our view, that’s not long enough. We place a seven-year warranty on the homes we paint.

Part of the reason? We’re confident in our prep work and painting. We do things right so that your home is painted to last.

4. Improves your home’s value on the market

A lot of the homeowners we work with have us repaint their homes specifically because they’re thinking about putting them on the market, either immediately or in the near future. It’s a good call: exterior home painting can drastically increase the curb appeal and value of your home.

Here in Phoenix, effective stucco repair is another great selling point. It puts the buyer’s mind at ease to know that there are no issues with the exterior of the home, and conveys that your home has been well-cared for.

Trust Crash of Rhinos with your exterior home painting and stucco repair

When it’s time to have professionals paint the exterior of your stucco home here in Phoenix, Arizona, call in the experts at Crash of Rhinos Painting. We handle all parts of the process—starting with a free quote. Call us at (602) 540-7471 or contact us online to get started.

3 exterior home painting tips to make your Phoenix stucco home shine

Exterior paint can transform even the oldest Phoenix stucco home into a stylish desert dwelling. The right paint can dramatically increase the appeal, as well as the value, of the property. Even if you don’t intend to sell the house, a quality exterior paint job can protect your house against natural elements, such as rain, wind, mildew, and mold.

Crash of Rhinos starts every painting project with an inspection.

From selecting the right time to paint to picking the right paint for the house exterior, here are three tips that can give your house the perfect look.

1. Select the right painter

This is the most important part of the process. You need to hire the right painter. Here are some of the things you need to look for in an exterior painting company:

One of the things that has made Crash of Rhinos one of Phoenix’s top-rated exterior painting companies is our commitment to customers. Read our reviews, and you’ll see that we almost do a perfect job, the first time. However, if something isn’t right, we back our work and we’ll make it right by the homeowner.

How far does our commitment to our customers go? We offer a 7-year warranty on our work. That’s five years longer than legally required in the state of Arizona. We’re that confident in our work.

2. Pick the right paint

This goes hand-in-hand with selecting the right painting company. Many companies are able to give you a low, low quote because they’re using a low-grade of paint, or a paint not suited for stucco homes here in the Valley. In exterior painting, the type of paint matters.

Crash of Rhinos uses professional-grade Dunn-Edwards paint that is specifically formulated for the desert. Some things that make this the right paint for your Phoenix stucco home include:

  • UV-Blocking Qualities: This paint is designed to stand up to the intense UV radiation of the sun without fading for years.
  • Vibrant Colors: Dunn-Edwards paints really work on stucco homes, adhering to the surface and creating a strong bond for better and more consistent colors.

3. Work with a team that does their homework

Crash of Rhinos puts the time into prep work because we know it matters. You can’t properly paint a stucco exterior without taking steps to ready the home, protect fixtures, and fix stucco damage. We do our homework because we know prep work is the difference between a successful project and one that isn’t high-quality.

Call us for the right people to work with your Phoenix stucco home

If your Phoenix stucco home needs new exterior home paint, contact us at Crash of Rhinos Painting for experienced and licensed painters.

Here’s how exterior home painting can positively impact your home value

The first impression might not be the last impression, but there is no denying the fact that it matters a ton in the world of home selling and home buying. The exterior is the first thing the prospective buyer sees, and therefore it might be the thing that has the most impact on your home value.

Pictured: Two hands forming a picture frame around a freshly painted house from the street, indicating that the home value of the home has been increased by exterior home painting.If you’re looking to sell your home, having the Crash of Rhinos team paint the exterior can help you to increase the market value of your home and get a sale done faster.

In this blog post, we review how exterior paint can impact your home value.

#1. New paint helps highlight architectural details

Fresh exterior home painting can do a great job of highlighting the architectural features of the exterior. If your house exterior doesn’t have same details throughout, then exterior home painting can also be used to balance those details.

Not sure what to highlight? With our professional paint advisor services, our team will help you find the right paint color for your home that matches the standards and rules of your HOA.

#2. Exterior home painting gets you return on investment

If we talk about other home renovations, then you can easily notice that every single one of them will cost you a lot of money. For instance, if you spend $5000 dollars on renovating your bathrooms, then there are very less chances that you will get a positive return on investment.

However, if you spend even a small amount on your exterior home painting, you’re more likely to get a higher return on investment on this expense. Why? Because exterior home painting conveys a lot about your home to those passing buy and “window-shopping” for a new home.

#3. Paint can be a protective shield against the elements

We know that rain and wind are rough on our homes. For instance, strong winds, heavy rains, hailstorm, and even just the everyday Phoenix sunshine can all take a toll on the exterior of your house.

Having a quality paint job can act as a protective shield for the exterior of the house. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home—or you’re currently trying to sell—an exterior paint job might be the right strategic decision.

Call Crash of Rhinos for a home value boost from exterior painting

A better home exterior home painting doesn’t only help increase the value of your house, but it also should meet your aesthetic standards. Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, we provide trusted paint job services in Phoenix. Call us today at (602) 540-7471 or send us a message online.

5 things to consider when hiring exterior home painters

Looking for a great way to freshen up the curb appeal of your home? It might be time to hire exterior home painters and give your Phoenix home a new reason for people to look twice as they pass by.

Before and After House Painting PhoenixWhile exterior house painting may appear to be a simple task, it’s actually a time-consuming and difficult job that requires preparation, know-how, and attention-to-detail. There are lot of things that need to be done correctly, such as the preparation of the surface, selecting the right colors, and proper color application techniques.

In this article, we’ll discuss 5 things you should consider when hiring exterior home painters here in Phoenix.

1. Don’t just go with the lowest bid

Too many people fall in the trap of selecting the least costly option for almost every part of the painting job. From hiring a painter (or, worse, deciding to take on DIY painting—don’t do this) to selecting color and materials, people generally think that selecting the cheapest option is the best way to go about things.

Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for. The best price in most cases is not always the lowest one. Instead, you should look to get value for your money. You should consider hiring the contractor that offers the best value.

Remember, value always trumps cost—particularly when it comes to hiring exterior home painters here in Phoenix.

2. Think about the small things

Your home’s exterior is like a huge canvas in which even the little things can make a huge difference. After all, the trim around doors and windows are just as important as the exterior walls themselves.

You should consider how the different exterior home painters you’re looking at treat both the small and big things. These little things will make an impact on how the house appears after the completion of the painting job. For example, here at Crash of Rhinos, we do a ton of prep work prior to any job, which can make all the difference.

3. Can they help you select the right color?

Choosing the right color can greatly add to the curb appeal of a house. Selecting the wrong color? Well, that’s a nightmare that can truly haunt you for years to come.

First thing to consider: if you have an HOA, what do they allow? There have been many exterior home painters who don’t take this into consideration when talking about colors with customers. As a result, the homeowner has to either settle fines with their HOA or have their home repainted a second time. Not good!

In contrast, our professional paint advisor service will work with your HOA for you to find the right colors that are allowed.

Beyond that, you’ll need help selecting a color that goes well with other elements on your home, such as shingles, trim, shutters, molding, walls, and downspouts.

The architectural style of the house should also be considered when selecting a paint color. While light and dark colors will coordinate well with the Victorian and colonial style homes, the cottage style homes will look the best with warm and fresh pastels, such as soft green, pale blue, and dusty rose. Again, this depends on what your HOA allows.

For brick houses, the walls should be painted in an inviting color, such as reddish brown, orange, or cream. Lastly, Mediterranean style and farm houses will look best in earthly shade such as ochre or taupe.

Again, the best way to get the right color that you’ll be sure to love for years to love is to schedule a one-on-one color consultation service with us.

4. Observe the test paint in natural lighting

Experts recommend that homeowners should observe the test color in natural lighting. They should view the test paint at different times of the day before committing to a particular color. Never make a decision after looking at the test color in artificial lighting as you may end up selecting a color that looks horrible when viewed during the day lighting.

That’s why Crash of Rhinos works to create a paint proposal that gives you a clear idea of what your home will look like when we’re done. We’ll even paint a swatch on the exterior of your home to let you see what the color will look like in natural light once dried.

5. Make sure you get digital renderings

When hiring exterior home painters, ask if they’ll provide you with a digital rendering of what your home will look like once the job is done. We do. The renderings will allow you to know exactly how the home will look at the end of the project. This will help you make the right decisions regarding the exterior home painting job.

For exterior home painters you can trust, call Crash of Rhinos

Crash of Rhinos Painting is a team of bonded, licensed, and insured exterior home painters serving Phoenix, Arizona. We offer a comprehensive exterior painting service, from offering expert consultation to preparation and the work itself. Contact us today!

Here are 5 tips for choosing an exterior paint color for your home

choosing an exterior paint colorIs it time to have the exterior of your home painted? Crash of Rhinos Painting is your source for professional and high-quality exterior home painting in the Phoenix area.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss 5 essential tips for choosing an exterior paint color for your home.

1. Consider matching the permanent elements of your home

Most exterior home painting projects don’t also involve replacing the roof tiles, shingles, stonework, driveways, and pathways. If your paint is all that is changing, you need to take these permanent elements into consideration when choosing an exterior paint color for your home.

Consider paints that will tie harmoniously with these existing elements. You should look for undertones when selecting paint for the home exterior. Are they cool (blue, gray, black) or warm (khaki, beige, rust, brown)?

Taking the undertones into consideration will help you in pinning down the right paint color.

2. Keep the geography in mind

The geography of the place should be considered when choosing an exterior paint color for your home. A turquoise-colored house might look great in tropical climates. However, the same color might attract disapproving glances if the house is located here in the Valley.

To avoid this prospect, it’s important to consider the geography or the natural surroundings of the house to select a color.

3. Think about the architectural style

Another important element to consider when choosing exterior paint is the architectural style. For Victorian style houses, the best colors are ones that feature bright hues and majestic jewel tones. In contrast, a modern home should have a subdued hue and tone.

While we’re on the subject: if you have an HOA in your neighborhood, they might have a certain selection of colors you can use. With the color consulting services we offer, we’ll work with your HOA to find out what these colors are and make sure that your house is to regulation.

4. You’ll need to work with Crash of Rhinos to see multiple paint shades

An exterior house color has three main parts: the field color, the accent color, and the trim color. The field color is the dominant part, while the accent color is seen on smaller areas of the house such as door and shutters. The trim color, on the other hand, belongs on the door and window casing, railings, roof edging, and other similar areas.

Generally, a light field color will look great with darker trim. It produces a crisp and dramatic effect, serving as an eyeliner for the home. For accent colors, you should go for bold without going overboard. The bright red and lemon yellow accent colors lend just the right hit of punch, greatly increasing the look of the house.

5. Before you do anything, have us test the paint

One of the things that sets Crash of Rhinos apart from other home exterior painting companies in the Phoenix metro is that we’ll test the paint color on your actual house, in a variety of lighting scenarios, before we start. So, we’ll make sure that the paint looks great on your property. You’ll never been in doubt about what the end product will look like.

For help choosing an exterior paint color, call Crash of Rhinos Painting

For more information on selecting the right exterior paint color, you can contact us at Crash of Rhinos Painting. We serve Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding areas.

How to select the best paint color for your home’s exterior trim

How to Select the Best Paint Color for the House TrimSelecting the best color for your home’s exterior trim is no easy task. The truth is that many homeowners consider it one of the most challenging parts of the exterior house paint job. Many agonize for days at what color to choose for the house trim that will complement the overall look of the house.

Selecting the perfect color for the trip is indeed challenging. Here we will share some tips to nail the perfect trim color for your home.

1. Go for bold colors

Bold colors for the exterior trim can provide an eclectic look to the house. Just don’t go too bold! Be sure to check with your HOA or city codes before choosing purple trim for your home. Not sure where to start? Learn more about our color consultation services.

2. When in doubt, go with a classic white

White is often a no-fail option for an exterior trim. This is the reason it’s the most popular color choice for the trim. White can often call attention to the main exterior color of the home. However, this isn’t always the case that white is the best choice for your trim color. Talk to Crash of Rhinos about colors that complement your primary color choice.

3. Go with what you like and what matches the neighborhood

The color your select will depend on the look you want to create. Lighter or honey-toned colors appear lively while medium and dark colors will create a visually deep feeling.

Call Crash of Rhinos Painting for exterior trim options and services

When selecting a painter, you should always select a licensed and experienced one for your house. Selecting an experienced painter will ensure a professional paint job. Many things could go wrong with the paint job. Only an experienced painter will know what precautions to take to avoid paint problems later on.

In case, you reside in the area of Phoenix metro area, you should contact Crash of Rhinos Painting. You can count on our competent and highly experienced painters to do a flawless paint job for you.

Here are three telltale signs of an unprofessional exterior painting job

Unprofessional Paint JobUnfortunately, the reality is that not everyone works hard for their buck. A number of unprofessional painters try to dupe people by carrying out a low-grade exterior painting job.

The problem is that on the surface it will look like that they have done a good job. But once the paint starts to peel, after a short time, you will realize that you have been deceived by the painter.

While it’s not possible to know for sure about poor quality paintwork, there are certain telltale signs that will indicate to you of an unprofessional paint job.

1. Air holes

Tiny air holes that appear on the wall are a clear sign of an unprofessional paint work. The holes generally appear when too few coats of the paint are applied. The tiny air holes will pop and expose the bare walls. To avoid this situation, make sure that the painter applies more than one coat of paint and doesn’t cut corners with the work.

2. Cracking or peeling

A cracked or peeled paint is another sign of a poor paint job. This usually occurs when the painter mixes the paint with 25 to 50 percent water. This is a little hard to catch as the paint will start to peel after a month or more of application of the paint. However, ask what kind of paint your painter is using. Crash of Rhinos, for instance, uses 100% genuine Dunn-Edwards paint built for the Arizona sun.

3. Blisters on the walls

Blisters can appear after immediately or the next day of application of a fresh coat of paint. These blisters can dry and crack exposing the bare wall. Mostly blisters appear because the paint was contaminated with oil or dust. Also, old paint results in the appearance of blisters on the walls.

Hire trained, experienced painters from the start!

The above are just some of the telltale signs indicating that the house paint has not been done professionally. In case you detect any of the above problems after the painter has finished painting the house, you should immediately contact the painter who had performed the shady work and ask to repaint or refund you the money.

Also, it helps if you hire professionally trained painters from the start, like those here at Crash of Rhinos Painting. The painter that you hire for the house paint should have the required credentials and experience to perform a high-quality job. This will reduce the risk of an unprofessional exterior painting job.

Avoid an unprofessional exterior painting job by hiring Crash of Rhinos Painting

If you are looking for a trusted exterior home painter in Phoenix, Arizona, you can contact us at Crash of Rhinos Painting. Whether you want to repaint an existing house or paint a new one, you can rest assured that our highly competent painters will do an exceptional job for you.

The Benefits Of Hiring Licensed, Bonded & Insured Painters

Hiring Licensed, Bonded & Insured Painters

Hiring an experienced and professional painter is important if you want to ensure a job well done. In this article, we will discuss some of the benefits that you can gain by hiring licensed, bonded & insured painters for your home exterior painting work

Who are licensed, bonded & insured painters?

Licensed painters have passed vigorous state, city, or municipality requirements for providing painting job. In the state of Arizona, the contractor must have at least two years of experience and pass a state painting and wall covering exam. They know the proper use of materials, tools and equipment, surface preparation, and safety when performing the job. You can visit the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website and enter the license number to confirm whether the contractor is licensed with the state authority.

Every licensed painter is required to be bonded. The bond is basically an agreement that binds the contractor to cover the losses incurred by a property owner if the project does not complete according to the contract specification.

What are the benefits of hiring licensed, bonded & insured painters?

The main benefit of hiring licensed and bonded painters is that it will give you peace of mind in knowing that the painting job will be completed successfully. A licensed painter is bound to comply with the quality standards specified by the state. Moreover, the property owner will be recompensed for any loss that is incurred due to not adhering to the contract.

When you hire an unlicensed painter, there is a chance that the painter may disappear with the money after partially completing the work or not completing the work properly. There have been news stories about contractors disappearing with the deposit money after they were told to redo the botched jobs. There is not a risk when you hire licensed and bonded painters.

In the end, the extra money that you spend on the professional painters will be worth it in the end. You can rest assured that your house painting job will be completed without any problem when you hire licensed and bonded painters.

Call Crash of Rhinos!

For professional licensed, and bonded painters in Phoenix, Arizona, call Crash of Rhinos Painting . We provide 7-years guarantee and 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on all our painting jobs.

Crash of Rhinos offers a 7-year warranty

By Arizona law, exterior painting contractors and companies are only required to offer a 2-year warranty to customers. Many of them do just that, and—thanks to their haste to get the job done—skip the quality assurance steps that make exterior paint last. The result is that customers are stuck having to pay for another exterior painting job only 5 years after the original one.

7-year warranty

A Crash of Rhinos painter pressure washes a home prior to painting. This is a critical step in ensuring that paint lasts for years to come.

At Crash of Rhinos, we do things differently. By offering a 7-year warranty, we more than double the legal requirement and give you fantastic value and peace of mind for your money. In this post, we’ll explain why we’re able to offer such an extensive warranty and why Arizona homes need this kind of protection.

How is Crash able to offer a 7-year warranty?

When you use the best quality paints and do proper preparation, an exterior paint job should last for years to come—even under the strain of Arizona’s brutal sun. Crash of Rhinos Painting uses specially formulated Dunn-Edwards paints that are designed to be UV and water-resistant. This means that the paint retains its color and wall-surface binding for longer, and is less likely to collect dirt, grow mildew, or have chalking issues.

However, even the best paint is worthless without proper preparation on the part of the painters. Besides protecting your property, a good painting company like Crash of Rhinos should take the following steps to ensure that the surface is ready for painting:

  • Pressure washing, to ensure that any existing paint, direct, pollutants, and chalking is removed.
  • Stucco and drywall repair, so that the painting surface is consistent and there aren’t damaged spots.
  • Scraping and application of DRYLOK, so that the stem walls are water resistant and won’t take in extra moisture.
  • Primer, so that the paint has something to adhere to. This is one of the most important steps in the exterior painting process.

Why do I need a longer warranty?

Arizona is one of the sunniest states in the nation, with a vast majority of days bringing high UV exposure. This constant sunshine can, over time, put pressure on the exterior paint of homes, eventually leading to discoloration, fading, and chalking. That’s not to mention other factors, including the torrential rain and dust storms that arrive in Phoenix’s late summer monsoon season. All things considered, the exteriors of Arizona homes take a beating over the course of a year.

A 7-year warranty helps protect your painting investment for longer. Thanks to our extensive preparation process, your exterior paint may last longer than that, but we want to make sure you’re at least covered through those years.

What else makes Crash of Rhinos different?

When you hire Crash of Rhinos, you’re getting quality work from a licensed, bonded, and insured company. We offer a free quote on our services, and we work with your HOA on your behalf to find compatible color options. From start to finish, our painting process has multiple quality assurance checks.

Ready to work with Arizona’s most trusted exterior painting company and learn more about our 7-year warranty? Give us a call or request a quote from us.